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Old Mar 27, 2011, 9:52 PM   #1
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The XZ-1 is $500 and the E-PL2+kit is $550.

I am looking for good image quality and good low light images. The XZ-1 goes to f1.8, but the E-PL2 kit lens only to f3.3. I just returned my ZS7 because the high ISO images are very noisy. Will the E-PL2 images be noisy at high ISO and around f4? On the downside, the XZ-1 does not have much zoom. Also, how are the AF of the two? Is the E-PL2 faster? and buy how much?

Which camera should I buy? If you don't suggest either Oly, then what would you suggest? I'm going toward a MFT rather than a DLSR due to the size. I might consider a DLSR if someone can convince me.

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Old Mar 28, 2011, 12:35 AM   #2
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despite the xz-1 having a faster lens, the epl-2 is the choice for low light. the sensor is many times larger, giving it a sizeable advantage. and the epl2 will also focus faster.

the other advantage is later when you save up some money again, you can get the excellent panny 20 1.7 lens for your epl-2 and have the advantage of the fast glass and large sensor.

the xz1 does well in low-light, FOR A COMPACT, but its just not in the same genre as the epl2 is. the epl2 can measure up in low light with entry dslrs.
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Old Mar 28, 2011, 4:38 PM   #3
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Thank you very much for your answer, Hards80. I really appreciate it!

I'll go around and do more research before finalizing my decision.
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with the epl-2 and the 20 1.7 that hards' mention, you will get close to this kind of results.
Shot with a epl-1 and the 20 1.7 first the whole shot, the second is a crop
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How are the EPL-2 image quality and AF speed compared to an entry-level DLSR?
Although I would prefer something more portable, it isn't necessary. I just want a camera with fast AF and good low light.
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image quality is on par with entry-dslr, thanks in good part to oly's jpeg engine.

focus speed on any mirrorless will be behind a dslr, but faster than a pointnshoot
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yup, an dslr will have a faster AF, but from 100-1600iso, the jpeg will match a dslr. As it does use a dslr sensor form olympus.
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